Magician Kevin Kelly performs magic tricks for children at the Evanston History Center's annual ice cream social on July 24.

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More than 300 people attended the Evanston History Center’s annual ice cream social on July 24, enjoying lake breezes, a magic show for children, a preview of the Evanston Women’s History project and sundaes donated by Andy’s Frozen Custard. The first floor of the Center, housed in the Charles Gates Dawes mansion, 225 Greenwood St., was open to visitors.

Escaping the heat, kids enjoyed Kevin Kelly’s magic show in the central hallways of the Charles Gates Dawes House.

Volunteer Erica Graham intrigued visitors with a collection of historic items whose use was not always readily apparent to 21st-century guests: a curling iron, a bone dish, a fish fork and a button hook.